On grounded prayer 2019.0117Rev.2019.0127 DRAFT

Here is a riddle: How is prayer like a kite?  *Pause*  Prayer, like a kite, must be grounded in order to fly. Without a string firmly attached to the ground a kite falls forlornly from the sky. Without grounding, prayer is just lips flapping in a breeze. Sobering life experience grounds. Zazen grounds, with the advantage of being intentional. Aligning word and deed, your walk and your talk, and avoiding personal hypocrisy—these all ground.